28th February 2019

Very excited to announce a new sponsor to my team ? Lynbrae Show Range ?
Home to the best equine plaiting wax! Available in clear and the very popular black! All natural with Shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax and a touch of lavender oil.
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Also, I've reached over 3,000 on this page!
A huge thank you to everyone for showing so much support towards myself and team of beautiful PRE and Lusitano horses

 

 

27th-28th February 2019

That's the end of a crazy 4 weeks of back to back competitions for Celere and I! What a legend stallion!!

I've had an amazing run with hitting over 70% in my para tests and scoring consecutively around the 64% - 65% mark in open medium which is very acceptable for where Celere and I are at with our training and my health.

Yesterday and today my scores were

Medium 4B - 64.39% 15th place

Medium 4C - 60.57% 16th place

Today we received a 9% difference in scores between the 2 judges which killed our overall score, I can't say I've had that happen to me before when I've competed open dressage and not one I would like to see again.

I LOVE competing so this hasn't put me off one bit. As someone said "as soon as you enter at A you are asking for their (judges) opinions" and yes as riders we have to take the good and the bad.

 

21st-22nd February 2019

Absolutely thrilled with my tests yesterday and today in the Medium 4A and 4B at Willinga Park

Medium 4A - 62.98% 16th place

Medium 4B - 64.64% 13th place

Celere was amazing and received a great introduction from the commentator about being an imported Lusitano... made me smile and I felt very proud going down that centreline.
Feeling very blessed to have a mate like Celere that takes care of me and enjoys competing as much as I do!

I've had a ball competing at Willinga Park. Yes, its always challenging on my body and no one knew I was a grade II para rider competing in open medium at this competition (unless you recognize me) I just know I did my best to my physical ability.... it's so rewarding walking away from a competition with a huge smile on my face ... still able to go out there and do what I enjoy.

 

 

17th February 2019

How good is that! 2 scores over 70% in yesterday's FEI para tests with my Lusitano stallion CELERE! 70.91% and 70.88%

Since owning Celere I've mostly concentrated on working my way up the levels in official dressage and doing 'fun outings' like showing and training days.... so he's had very limited starts in para - 3 to be exact which were 2-3 years ago! Michael has urged me for months... bugged me... to campaign Celere this year for the Tokyo Paralympic qualifiers as he believes 'Celere has it'.......... well I'm not one to say my husband may be right HAHA .... however.... there may be a slight smirk on my face?

I guess with that said... bring on the qualifiers with the golden boy! #TowardTokyo2020

Yesterday was my 4th competition in 9 days with an amazing training session at Willinga Park in the middle and guess what! next stop.... Willinga Park 'Dressage by the Sea' which I leave for in 2 days! I'll be competing in the Medium with Celere, so if you are down this way certainly come over and say hello!

** Big thank you ** to Hawkesbury Dressage Club Inc. for holding the FEI para tests! This is a huge help towards preparing for the qualifier and selection events coming up and certainly something my team and I appreciate.

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CELERE (Estoiro x Noz)
Imported Lusitano Stallion
(Approved APSL breeding stallion)
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10th February 2019

So this happened at Wallaby Hill as well from left to right we have super coach Alycia Targa, the talented Rebecca Walsh that rides 2 beautiful Spanish Warmbloods and then myself swapping horse power for car power in the very stunning McLaren Spyda 570S.... only worth a mere $556,000AUD drive away!


Thanks for the great photo Stephen Mowbray Photography, always great to see you!!

 

 

10th February 2019

Competing yesterday at the Wallaby Hill Extravaganza was amazing!!!!!! I already want to put my name down for next year!

My team 'DONNY'S CELERY BISCUIT' with Shaun Dillion and Clint Beresford' came 7th out of 22 in the teams triathlon.

Celere was an absolute star and rose to the occasion of performing in front of a packed indoor, even the clapping didn't bother him... such a confident little Portuguezer!! All the walking around night fairs in Portugal certainly paid off.

I had a blast!! whilst I was #13, the only para and had to compete after Brett I felt pretty excited to be there competing in such an awesome environment. I had my game face on the whole test ...however... Celere did whinny pretty much at the end of the test right during a flying change.... I couldn't help bursting into a laugh and I think everyone got a bit of a giggle!! nice flying change though.

I would never have done this if it wasn't suggested that I enter by my super coach/trainer Alycia Targa (Millbank Equestrian) It's so nice to have the professional coaching support but at the same time have someone to have a wine and laugh with after all the serious business is over with.

Have to say thanks as always to the super hubby Michael for everything and taking these beautiful photos.

Was also nice to have mum (Barbara) and dad come and watch.

Next up I'll be competing Para this Sunday and after that...Willinga Park which I'm VERY excited for.

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CELERE (Estoiro x Noz)
Imported Lusitano Stallion
(Approved APSL breeding stallion)
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9th February 2019

More news from the weekend! My Imported PRE Spanish mare SIMPATICA XXVIII 'Simpa' had her 3rd ever outing and 1st start at official novice.

We were really impressed with how Simpa handled herself on the day with planes flying over, trains going past and also warming up in a thunderstorm and heavy rain! 

Alycia (Millbank Equestrian) gave Simpa an awesome ride and I can't thank her enough for her dedication to this mare and getting her ready for the Tokyo qualifiers later in the year. The tests on the day were really lovely and showed brilliance at times but at the same time a few green moments which at this stage in her training is perfectly fine!

Next outing - this Sunday doing Para tests at SIEC with my Imported Lusitano stallion CELERE

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SIMPATICA XXVII (Imp Spain)
Armas Tarugo x Indiana LXXIX
Imported Approved PRE Spanish Mare
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5th February 2019

I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Courtney from Wide Ward of Sports.

Check on the image below to be directed to the video interview

 

 

5th February 2019

It's quite obvious where my passion is when it comes to my riding career - I love sharing my stories and promoting the Spanish & Lusitano breeds so when the Andalusian Horse Association of NSW asked me if I would like to be a guest speaker on the Saturday night of the AHAA NSW State Championships - I said, 'absolutely!'

Everyone is welcome to attend:
16th March 2019 Saturday night @ 6:30pm
BBQ Dinner & Drinks - $10pp
To be held at the amazing venue of the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC) in the Riders Retreat.

You don't need to be a member of the AHAA - if you would like to attend the Saturday night dinner & my presentation, simply private message me or leave a comment below and I'll give you further details.

To give you all a little insight... I will be sharing stories from my travels to Portugal and Spain, the #roadtotokyo with my 2 PRE Spanish horses & Lusitano stallion, what I look for in a horse, what I find are the main differences between the PRE / Andalusian and Lusitano breeds, daily training and management of my stallions, how I prepare my team for major competitions, life as an elite athlete, overcoming daily challengers and fears of living with a chronic condition, my refusal to be shaped by the usual conventions of the dressage competition world - plus much much more! There will also be the opportunity to ask questions on the night!... and of course it wouldn't be a presentation without videos and photos.


 

 

 

 

25th January 2019

What an amazing night at the Shoalhaven Hall of Sporting Fame 2019 and Australia Day Awards held by the Shoalhaven City Council.

As many of you are aware from my posts earlier in the year, I was inducted into the Shoalhaven Sporting Hall of Fame as an Elite Athlete and my beautiful PRE Spanish stallion, Eddy (Andaluka Elegido) was inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame also as a Sporting Animal.

A big surprise concluded the night when I received 2 Shoalhaven Australia Day awards - a Nominee award for my excellence in Equestrian and then the big one... Shoalhaven Australia Day Sports Person of the Year.

I can't thank my husband Michael and mum (Barbara) for being there on this special night, sadly my dad was unable to attend due to work commitments but was certainly there on the phone.

As someone that doesn't tear up very easily, I admit hearing and seeing my achievements being announced in front of over 300 people was truly a special moment. Thankfully no tears on stage! however Eddy and I had a special moment today. He looked so beautiful up there on the big screen, all I could hear was people in the crowd go WOW when his photos came up. 

I will say this... I am very proud.
For over 30 years I have tirelessly promoted the PRE Spanish horse and there I was on stage listening to the MC of the night speak so highly of Eddy, repeatedly acknowledging him as a 'PRE Spanish stallion'. There truly is nothing prouder than thinking 'I've done it'.

Hundreds of people left that room last night knowing what this beautiful breed looks like and how amazingly talented they can be. When there's passion, anything is possible!

I will leave you all with these beautiful photos and over the next few days I will share with you all soon a very special video that I am working on.

Vic xx

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ANDALUKA ELEGIDO
El Caballero Dejado x Andaluka Maya
PRE Spanish Approved Breeding Stallion
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24th January 2019

Alycia and Simpatica XXVIII
These two are on fire!! I'm really enjoying having my girl back. It's amazing what a pair of new shoes, chiro sessions and an awesome rider can do for a horse!

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SIMPATICA XXVII (Imp Spain)
Armas Tarugo x Indiana LXXIX
Imported Approved PRE Spanish Mare
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21st January 2019

I had someone ask...
Describe your horses personalities.... so I'll start with CELERE - my 12 year old Imported Lusitano stallion,

Celere is a DUDE and completely carefree, try to imagine a 'cool kid' at school that thinks he's 'all that'... a little arrogant, knows he's good looking and thinks he's the best lol .... well that's Celere!

He is very lazy which is unusual for a Lusitano. 

Celere knows how to walk into an arena and own it. As soon as we enter at A you can feel him pump his chest out and he tries to extend down the centreline! So if you ever see us competing... let it be known I'm doing many half halts down that centreline!!

Celere loves his training to be interesting, complicated and challenging or he gets bored, I need to throw in some flying changes, half passes ... and his favourite ... pirouettes. Straight lines and circles just doesn't do it for him.

BOLD is his middle name, nothing fazes Celere! He used to walk through night markets and fairs in Portugal with loud music, dancers, food stalls and people walking up to him.

When he's intrigued by something he HAS to run up to it and check it out which I think comes from his bull fighting heritage. He was very intrigued by a miniature horse pulling a cart at a recent show ... I was riding him and lets just say he wanted and tried very hard to trot up to it!

He loves cuddles and being made a fuss of and if you want to make his day, just scratch inside his ear... he'll literally fall asleep.

Celere is very gentle with no stallion traits at all and everyone remarks how quiet and well behaved he is. I believe as a stallion he knows his place for breeding is at the vets and even then he is a complete gentleman and waits for the commands.

He loves FOOD.... when Celere is hungry he can be grumpy and wont try as hard in our training and I work harder... he wont even have cuddle lol so the boy can't be hungry at any time! Celere is also fed like a race horse... for energy .... as I said... he's lazy! (I'm sure all the Lusitano owners are laughing at me now)

Celere LOVES junk food.... chips, sugar cubes, polo mints, shapes, anything the groom is eating... he has to have, which is fine as I eat healthy.... he'll take a chip over an apple!

Overall Celere is a very special stallion that takes very good care of me. As long as I've owned him (since 2014) he's never put me in an unsafe position. I have found out over the years he is your typical 'iberian' stallion.... they choose the riders they will 'allow on their back' which I know sounds funny but certainly not if you own one! He was quite difficult for 2 female riders in Europe lol However, for my English coach Martin, they were a great team and also my good friend/groom Shae rides Celere when she visits, he adores her!!

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CELERE (Estoiro x Noz)
Imported Lusitano Stallion
(Approved APSL breeding stallion)
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11th January 2019

Why do I choose to ride stallions and own 3 is a question I'm regularly asked.

I was raised around stallions from a very young age... a baby actually so I watched and learnt plenty. I also developed my own special ways to raise and connect with them.

In my teens I was riding stallions at home however I was not competing them until the legal age of 18 which was/is a requirement in Australia. 

As you can tell having stallions in my life is quite natural for me and the connection I have with my stallions really has to be seen to be believed. It's actually odd for me working with a mare or gelding!

My stallions have impeccable manners at home and out at competitions, they have great reputations for being well behaved and quiet. They are all kind, gentle, have big hearts and they try so hard! 

What I feel many people don't understand about stallions is that they don't like being 'alpha' it's too stressful for them to be 'in charge' so respect is very important, you must be a leader with stallions but give them respect and plenty of love!! 

I have 3 competition/breeding stallions that are stabled next to each other and have paddocks during the day with a metre gap between them.... now with my PRE Spanish mare 2 small paddocks down which they all walk past being led by my mobility scooter each day and are stabled in the same stable block as her. 

I have a quiet and happy environment for them all with no stress or nonsense. 

To me I believe strongly that stallions shouldn't be isolated, they need company of some sort.

I feel I must raise that yes, whilst I am disabled and do use a mobility scooter, I would never let just anyone handle my stallions and certainly not advise anyone to purchase a stallion without having the experience; I would suggest if you are interested in being a first time stallion owner, certainly have a professional trainer that can guide you. I've had YEARS of experience with stallions and it is very different to owning a mare or gelding.

 

 

7th January 2019

Guess who's home...SIMPA (Simpatica XXVIII)
It is very exciting to see Simpa continue her training with my coach Alycia work and more so myself campaigning her for the Australian qualifier and selection events for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,

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SIMPATICA XXVII (Imp Spain)
Armas Tarugo x Indiana LXXIX
Imported Approved PRE Spanish Mare
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3rd January 2019

1 year ago on this day
3rd January 2018

 

1st January 2019

We are truly humbled and honored to announce that on Australia Day 2019 our PRE stallion ANDALUKA ELEGIDO 'Eddy' and owner/rider Victoria will receive awards and be inducted into the SHOALHAVEN SPORTING HALL OF FAME - Victoria as an Elite Athlete and ANDALUKA ELEGIDO as an Elite Sporting Animal.

Having outstanding achievements of ANDALUKA ELEGIDO recognized by being inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame, has brought many emotions, in our eyes he has achieved it all now. His name will forever be among some of the greatest Australian sporting animals from Olympic medalists to Melbourne Cup winners. We are incredibly proud of ANDALUKA ELEGIDO and proud of Victoria for producing such a talented performance stallion.

ANDALUKA ELEGIDO is without doubt one of Australia's greatest PRE stallions of performance.

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TOP ACHIEVEMENTS

Inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame as an 'Elite Sporting Animal' for Australia Day 2019

Australian Shadow Squad rider Paralympics Rio 2016
Australian High Performance 'Green' Squad 2015/2016 Australian National Para Recognition Squad 2015/2016
Qualifying scores for WEG 2014 and Paralympics 2016
Australian High Performance Futures Squad 2013/2014

Sydney CDI FEI Grade II Champion 2017

Multiple wins at official Medium level

Australian National FEI Para Grade Ib Champion 2016
Australian National FEI Para Grade II Champion 2015

NSW State Dressage FEI Para Grade Ib Champion 2016
NSW State Dressage FEI Grade II Champion 2013/2014/2015 and 2017

PREAA Dressage Highpoint Champion 2017
NSW AHAA Grand Champion Led Horse of Show 2014
NSW AHAA Highpoint Score Competition Open Section 2014
NSW AHAA Most Successful Exhibition 2014
AHAA Working Roll Of Merit 400 points